On a secret island in the Caribbean, bioengineers have devised a vacation resort like no other, promising the ultimate escape. But when Dr. Roger Clark investigates, he discovers the dark secret of Eden Island and of Advance Biosystems, the shadowy corporation underwriting it...
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Not my favorite oh his early works
- Amazon Customer
All of his favorite themes were already in place
Well, it is if you want to read it on the go. But all of Crichton's books, including these John Lange ones, are page-turners in print. So I wouldn't say better. But the narration is good.
I would certainly recommend it to Crichton fans. While it's definitely not the best of his John Lange novels, it's quite remarkable how steadfastly his later obsessions were already in place in 1969. You've got the rise of scientific corporations at the expense of science itself and ethics, the transfer of major research from Academic institutions to the private sector, scientists playing God for the sake of corporate greed, and even the use of resort/theme parks as the beneficiary of this science out of control. It's a fun little conspiracy thriller in its own right (albeit with an unsatisfying ending), but of most interest as a sort of blueprint for ideas the author would revisit again and again--especially in Jurassic Park.
Lane is a good narrator and successfully creates different voices for different characters. He made some characters, like the artist who runs an all-night boat party, more memorable than they would have been on the page alone.
Sure. And it's short enough that you actually could.